The pedestrian bridge severely damaged by a truck crash last week has been shored up with steel supports.
Debris that fell to the street was cleaned up last weekend, and steel beams were put into place to support the damaged portion of the pedway, said Bryan Makinen, executive director of Eastern Kentucky University’s public safety and risk management. The Peterbilt truck with an upright boom or lift that struck the pedway remains under the structure.
“When it’s safe to do so, they’ll remove the truck when it’s deemed appropriate,” Makinen said. “Those steel beam shores will give ample support … for when they start to move the truck.”
On Tuesday morning, workers removed glass panels from the covered walkway that spans Lancaster Avenue. Fences and barrels have been placed around the structure.
Damage to the pedway is covered by insurance, and the university plans to repair or rebuild it. But that is expected to take several months.
A portion of Lancaster Avenue between Barnes Mill Road and Crabbe Street will remain closed to traffic for about three weeks. Southbound traffic can enter University Drive or the Lancaster Lot from Lancaster Avenue.
No one was hurt in crash. The accident happened shortly before noon Friday when the truck, which had just dropped off a mobile garbage bin, ran into the bridge. The truck belongs to Rock Trucking LLC of Clay City, according to the Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.
Driver Randall Smith of Clay City had just unloaded a container near campus, and as he traveled north, the boom struck the pedway overpass.
Smith declined medical treatment. Another motorist’s SUV traveling south on Lancaster Avenue was struck by debris and had to be towed.
Smith won’t face charges, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Dennis Johnson said Monday.
Hundreds of students had used the pedway daily to move between campus and the Grand Campus apartment complex. The pedway opened in 2013.